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>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." japanese politicians have taken out their loud speakers and their megaphones to share their messages with voters. they launched their campaigns officially in a general election. two parties, the democratic party of japan and the liberal democratic party, have dominated japanese politics for years. their leaders started off in a place that has been the subject of countless debates. >> translator: this election is about reviving japan, so i wanted to start my campaign here in fukushima. i want to make a new start for japan in the belief that there will be no revival for japan without the recovery of fukushima. this election is about whether we can move forward with what we have to do or turn back the clock and return to the politics of old. >> translator: i will bring the economy out of deflation, correct the high yen, lead economic growth, enrich people's lives, and recover an economy where young people don't have to worry about finding jobs. i'll strengthen social security and will promote the reconstruction of the disaster-hit northeast.
they put a satellite in to space. welcome to nhk world "newsline." north korea is once again the talk of leaders and major capitals around the world. the country is facing condemnation for its latest high-profile move. north korean authorities say they used a rocket to put a satellite in to orbit. >> translator: japan asked moroco to start discussion on the launch in the council. we would like to deal with this issue civilly by cooperating with the international community. >> translator: north korea's action is threatening the peace and security of the korean peninsula, as well as the world. we strongly denounce the launch of the missile in defiance of repeated calls and warnings by the international community. >> krt made public a picture of what they say is a control facility for the satellite. officials in south korea, japan and elsewhere say the north koreans fired off a long-range missile. japanese government officials say it traveled south over okinawa. they say the launch went at the north koreans had predicted. the first stage fell in to the yellow sea. the nose section fell a
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." liberal democratic party leader shinzo abe has laid out terms of a coalition with new komeito leader natsuo yamaguchi. abe is set on wednesday to be named japan's new prime minister. the two leaders will try to combat the economic malaise with a large supplementary budget for the fiscal year ending in march. they plan to implement new energy policies and the leaders agreed to encourage a national debate on revising the constitution. abe has prepared to take the reins by filling the ldp's top positions. masahiko komura and shigeru ishiba retained their posts. consumer affairs minister seiko noda as head of the party's general council. and sanae takaichi will change her focus from public relations to become the policy chief. cabinet ministers are falling into place. he selected longtime ally fumio kishida as foreign minister. he served as minister in charge of okinawa and the northern territories. analysts say that he chose him for his experience. the new foreign minister will have to deal with the relocation of the futenma air station in okinawa.
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline". experts with japan's nuclear regulation authority are getting closer to determining whether the only operating nuclear plant in the country can keep generating power. they carried out a second inspection at the ohi plant to figure out if an active fault runs beneath the facility. the five member team returned to ohi to inspect a trench the nra had ordered plant operator kansai electric to double the length of the trench after the first onsite inspection in november. crews dug it to 100 meters. representatives of the nuclear watchdog say they will ask kansai electric to shut down the plant if inspectors conclude an active fault runs underneath it. government guidelines ban the construction of key nuclear facilities on active faults. kansai electric executives insist land slips and not a fault caused the fissures below ohi. after friday's inspection, the shik zach shimazaki said they will look for answers. >> translator: we'll carefully analyze what we saw today. it won't be an easy task determining what it is. >> the team of experts will be back
sanctions against syria in their effort to stop its civil war. welcome to nhk world "newsline." representatives of nations putting the squeeze on the syrian government have met all over the world. their latest gathering brought them here to japan. the delegates worked on their strategy to push president bashar al assad out of office and ultimately end the bloodshed. on one hand, they're strengthening sanctions. on the other, they're reaffirming their support for opposition forces. nhk world's akira saheki reports. >> reporter: delegates from more than 60 countries are attending the conference, including representatives from the gulf region and the west. they've met several times before, but this is the first time they've gathered in asia. the japanese government hosted the conference to help broaden the base of international support for sanctions against syria. >> translator: the international community has been asking the syrian government to end the violence. but the assad regime is continuing the fight, ignoring the sacrifices of its people. we need to unify our efforts and
of this month. welcome to nhk world "newsline." north korea has announced it will extend the period for launching what it calls a satellite carrying rocket by one week. the new launch period will end on december 29th. officials in many countries believe the north's real goal is to test long-range missile technology. the country's committee of space technology said on monday a technical problem was found in the first stage of the three-stage rocket. north korea said earlier this month it would launch the rocket between december 10th and 22nd from the tongchang-ri launch site in the country's northwest. the south korean official told nhk satellite photos taken on monday show what appear to be people and vehicles moving around the launch site. the official says a missile on the launch pad remained covered. the activity on the ground suggests a possible technical problem is being fixed. north korea's last launch in april failed. its leadership promoted the event by saying the nation was honoring the instructions of late leader kim jong-il. details of the planned launch have not been rep
. welcome to nhk world "newsline." south korean officials told nhk that north korea is removing a satellite carrying rocket from a launch pad. apparently undergoing repairs. it extended the launch period by a week to december 29th because of technical problems. officials in many countries believe the north is trying to carry out a long-range missile test. north korean technicians are thought to have examined the missile on the launchpad, but they apparently decided the problem could not be solved simply by replacing defective parts in the rocket's first stage. south korean officials say problems may exist in the entire system. repairs to the rocket may not be completed in two days, the south koreans believe the north has not given up on the planned launch. the head of the self-defense force says his agency remains on high alert. >> translator: we are fully prepared to respond quickly and deal with any unexpected developments. we will do our best to guard our nation's lives, property, and all elements of its safety. >> he emphasized the risk has not changed, only the time period has. that me
will go ahead. south korean government officials told nhk that they confirmed the three-stage rocket was being taken down, and they said it was moved to a nearby facility. on monday, officials in pyongyang extended the launch window by one week to december 29th. they said they were having technical problems with the first-stage control module. government officials in seoul say the defect may not be limited to the first stage, and it may take some time before launch is possible. but they remain on alert. they say they believe the north koreans still want to launch the missile before the end of the month. >>> south korean media have reported on claims that iranian missile experts are helping with the launch. officials in iran say the claims are baseless. >> translator: they're using propaganda to scare people and harm our relations with north korea and other countries. >> the spokesperson acknowledged the two countries cooperated militarily in the 1980s during the iran/iraq war but he says that cooperation since then has been limited to economic areas. the second in command and mahmoud
for his administration. nhk world, tokyo. >>> china is building up its military presence in the asia pacific region. the question is how southeast asian countries will need with the neighbor's growing clout. we have details on different positions two countries are taking on china. >> nhk has obtained information that sheds light on the stances they are taking on china and we start with the philippines which is stationing marines on the spratly islands. nhk world reports. >> reporter: the philippines and china and malaysia and brunei claim sovereignty over all or some of the spratly's, high ranking military officers say their country has started to deploy marines in nine islands and shoals since september. the country had already stationed naval officers there. the military says personal numbers have almost doubled on some of the islands. before the deployment, the marines underwent training on protecting the islands and been equipped with upgraded weapons. philippines began expanding its military facility on the island to accommodate equipment and personnel for drills and other opera
a priority. nhk world has more from washington. >> people in the obama administration place a high priority on stability in the asia-pacific. they have been troubled by increasing tension between japan and china over which country owns the senkaku islands in the east china sea. their concerned thathe conflict i claims allowed to fester could unsettled dynamic in the region. they want to see policies and sophisticated diplomacy to calm the swaituation. they're drawn into military confrontation because of their alliance with japan. >> our message to the new japanese government will be the same as the message to the former japanese government, which is that we want to see both japan and china avoid provocative acts. we want to see them talk to each other and work this through by dialogue. >> now japan has stirred up another territorial dispute with south korea. u.s. official want up to see the japanese put aside the differences with the neighbor about the islands in the sea of japan. american diplomats rely on partner in both countries about the threat of north korea. the north koreans may be
they are trying to adapt to stay on the tourist map. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." officials with the nuclear regulation authority found something unsettling you should a plant in northern japan. they say faults underneath it may be active. the discovery could keep the plant offline for an indefinite amount of time. nhk world reports. >> reporter: regulators looked into the ground at this nuclear plant and didn't like what they found. >> translator: we think that active faults exist under the compound and we conclude that there is no evidence to contradict that finding. >> reporter: the plant went online in 2005. the government approved the operators assessment but there were no active faults underground. executives at the electric power company argued that's still the case. they say a sift found under the compound was caused by groundwater, not seismic activity. and they say the faults have not moved recently. the executives try to prove their point by boring into the ground and taking a sample. they hammered it and concluded the earth would not move. >> translator: we asses
, they would like to see an end to the political volatility. >> that was nhk shin shoji from washington. >>> abe and other ldp leaders have said they want to take a tough line on china and officials in beijing are watching japan's political transition with great interest. nhk world reports from beijing. >> reporter: china state-run media closely followed japan's lower house election race and how the outcome would affect bilateral relations. china television sounded the alarm that japan may shift to the right. it cited the ldp's pledge of amending the constitution to give self-defense forces more power. the communist party's official newspaper commented on the election in an editorial. it said, bilateral relations will either move forward or get worse. people in beijing voiced strong opinions about shinzo abe. they say he should pay careful attention to china. >> translator: i want to see improved relations, but it all depends on mr. abe. he shouldn't deal with bilateral relations based on personal beliefs. he should look at things from a broader point of view. >> translator: the current
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." the governments that keep an eye on north korea say the reclusive nation is going ahead with its next long-range ballistic missile launch. south korean sources say crews in the north have apparently installed the first section of a three-stage missile at a launch facility. north korean authorities maintain they're only firing off a rocket to put a satellite into orbit. they made the announcement saturday. they say the launch will happen between december 10th and 22nd and that the rocket will head south. they held a similar launch in april that ended in failure. south korean government sources say they believe the missile's first-stage booster has been moved on to a launch pad at a facility in the northwestern part of the country. south korean officials discussed the planned launch with ambassadors from japan and three other countries. south korean foreign ministry officials met separately with envoys from japan, the united states, china, and russia, all members of the six-party talks on north korea's nuclear program. details of the mee
. they could lead to permanent shutdown of several reactors. welcome to nhk world "newsline." inspectors from japan's nuclear regulation authority said a new nuclear power plan in the northern japan may be sitting on active seismic faults. a team of five experts concluded their two-day inspection at the higashidori plant in aomori prefecture. they concentrated on two faults in the compound. official from the plant's operator told the power company that a shift in the strata was caused by ground water. they say it wasn't the result of an active fault. investigators say they cannot rule out the possibility that the two faults are active. they say they will be able to come to a finding without additional surveys. the nuclear regulation authority says all members of the team share the same view. he says there's evidence that the faults have moved. officials with the authority will meet to discuss the matter next thursday. the electric plant say the faults are not located directly beneath the regulators but if the are active they have to review their measures and give up resuming operations at the
lawmakers re-elected as japanese prime minister, a job he left five years ago. welcome to nhk world "newsline." shinzo abe is getting down to the business of governing japan for the second time. he says his new cabinet is taking all the challenges the country faces, including a sluggish economy and last year's disaster. abe explained in his news conference his cabinet is designed to overcome the crisis. he says reviving the economy is a top priority. >> translator: a strong economy is the basis of japan's power. reviving a strong economy is essential to japan's future. my cabinet will carry out bold financial policies, well-timed fiscal policies and a strategy to encourage private investment toward economic growth. my cabinet will carry out these economic policies and achieve results. >> are prime minister abe says he and his minister also devote energy to foreign policy. he says they will strengthen diplomatic and security policies. >> translator: we should rebuild our diplomacy to protect our national interests. we are facing many challenges in our relations with china, south kore
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> an official in seoul says north korea may soon begin loading fuel ahead of an expected launch of what the country calls a satellite-carrying rocket. north korea has announced that the launch will take place sometime between december 10th and 22nd. the south korean official cited increased activity around the tongchang-ri launch site in northwestern north korea. earlier reports said all three stages of the rocket had been assembled. south korea's yonhap news agency quotes a government official as saying the fueling of the rocket could begin on saturday after the storage tank has been filled. chinese travel agencies have been informed that foreign tourists won't be allowed into north korea between the 15th and 20th of this month. analysts say the decision could be linked to events marking the first anniversary of kim jong-il's death on december 17th. >>> in japan, government leaders have ordered self-defense forces to be prepared to shoot down any debris from the rocket. the defense minister passed on that order to sdf commanders. >> tran
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> voters in south korea have made history. public broadcaster kbs is reporting that park has been elected as the first female president. kbs projects she defeated her main rival of the opposition democratic united party. officials with the election commission say park won 51% of the votes. they say moon took 48%. they have counted about two-thirds of the ballots. park trumpeted her wealth and political experience during the campaign. she squared off with moon on a number of issues during the campaign. south koreans want their next leader to rein in the country's conglomerates. they say they are snatching market is share away from small and medium sized firms. park favors restraints to keep growth in check, but insisted that major companies should enjoy future regulations. on the diplomatic front, park on the diplomatic front, park on the diplomatic front, park on the diplomatic front, park on the diplomatic front, park argued that her country should built a relationship of trust with north korea before opening dialog with the nation.
. yoichiro tateiwa, nhk world. >>> the operator of the tsuruga plant issued a statement monday. the japan atomic power company says it's impossible to accept a finding based primarily on geographic facilies. the utility said it will conduct its own investigation and provide objective data. >>> sri lanka's art scene long civil war. the island's w that peaceas returne passionate individuals want to revive those traditions. they include one woman striving to bring puppetry back to life. nhk world has the story. ♪ a puppet's pins. its dress flutters. sri lankan puppetry dates back 300 years. this is a traditional puppet of sri lanka. you have to train at least five years to learn to move it freely. but the tradition is fading. a sad legacy of the country's long civil war. during the conflict, large outdoor events weren't possible because of the risk of bomb attacks. ♪ this woman is the stage director and a puppeteer. while studying overseas, she became enchanted by puppets and their rich expressions. she found herself being lured into their world. >> they allow people to talk honestly to
how to raise prices while keepingcustomers. nhk world, tokyo. >>> well, let's get a check on the markets now. the dollar is slightly higher against want yen. dollar/yen at 83 the.68 to 72. the euro/yen is at 109.42 to 47. the impact of the weak results on currencies appears to be limited. the dollar hit an eight and a half month high against the yen. they say participants are buying dollars on speculation the bank of japan will take further monetary easing at its policy meeting next week after a similar move by the u.s. central bank. tokyo share prices are rolower this friday morning. they're trading at 9,714, a loss of almost one-third of a percent from thursday's close. analysts say investors move to take profits at the open following a recent rally, but many are sidelines ahead of the election on sunday and the boj policy meeting next week. in other markets in the asia-pacific the kospi is is trading lower. below that 2,000 line, 1,989 at the moment. in australia the benchmark index is trading flat, 4,585. we'll see where china related markets take us when they open ove
party had a landslide election victory. i'm keikichi hanada. hello and welcome to nhk "newsline." >>> the people in japan are getting used to a new political reality. the liberal democrats are coming back to power after trouncing the democratic party in a lower house election. the man who was once prime minister, shinzo abe, is set to take his old job back. >> translator: our party's victory doesn't mean voters are putting 100% trust back in the ldp. people wanted to end three-year political confusion and stagnation brought about by the democrats. our mission is to tackle the critical situation japan faces. we need to speed up the reconstruction from last year's disaster. on the economy, we have to beat deflation, curb the strong yen and create jobs. on diplomacy and national security, we will rebuild the japan/u.s. alliance and then improve relations with other countries and protect our land and waters. >> abe and the liberal democrats spent three years in opposition as the democratic party ran the country. now they head back to the lower house with a lot of political muscle an
. so authorities are taking action. nhk world's takafumi terui has the report. >> reporter: red lights don't stop these pedestrians. and crossings, who needs them? as for drivers, when they change lanes, they barely give a thought to other motorists. not a day goes by in chinese cities without a traffic accident. >> translator: when i am in a hurry, i cross streets even against red lights if there are no cars. >> translator: in china we have only one way to cross. if we all go at once, the green light is as good as on. >> translator: pedestrians have bad manners, but cyclists are the worst. they go too fast. >> reporter: chinese police conducted a survey of 10,000 people. they released their findings in november. almost 7 out of 10 people say they've ignored traffic lights. what did they do when people on foot tried to use a crosswalk without a signal? fewer than 30% of respondents say they would give the right of way and stop to allow pedestrians to cross. almost 40% say pedestrians should wait until the car has passed. as more people become better off, car ownership is soaring. chine
firms, but that may be changing. nhk world's shio tanaga tells us more. >> reporter: more than 100 students crowded into this recruitment seminar in tokyo. the company publishes free magazines an has only about 400 employees. until recently small firms such as this one often struggled to attract any students to seminars at this university. nami kitajima has been looking for sales work. she says she doesn't care about the size or fame of the company. >> translator: i'm not looking at how big the firm is. the issue is whether i can gro personally through the company. >> reporter: traditionally, most students have tried to land jobs at leading firms. the belief was that those companies will provide stable work. but that was before giants such as sharp and sony laid off thousands of workers this year. university officials say the performances of big firms are behind the change in attitudes among students. >> translator: students are no longer sure what to trust. they now focus on whether they can demonstrate their ability to the full instead of caring about company names. >> reporter:
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> egypt security authorities are on high alert in cairo after fatal clashes between islamist supporters and opponents of president mohamed morsi over a new draft constitution for the country. state-run media say five people were killed and more than 600 injured. the two sides threw fire bombs and rocks at each other near the presidential palace on wednesday. secular forces and young people are protesting morsi's plan to hold a referendum on the draft on december 15th, saying it has not been properly debated. >> translator: we won't let them hold a referendum. we'll protest at the presidential palace, tahrir square, everywhere. and we won't let it happen. >> the president's supporters have been holding a sit-in around the palace, where troops and tanks have been deployed. >> translator: we are determined to protect the president we elected democratically. >> president morsi says he has not changed his plans for the referendum, but many fear the violence will spread. >>> at least 327 people are confirmed dead after typhoon bopha struck the p
of both countries, they have a lot at stake if the two nations go to war. nhk world's tomoko yamaguchi has the report. >> reporter: people in the city of nara mark the 40th anniversary of normalizing diplomatic ties between japan and china. haru watanabe moved to china with his parents many years before the normalization, but at the end of world war ii, they became separated, so he remained here where he lived for about 50 years. a chinese couple adopted and raised the japanese youngster. as an adult, he worked for a railway company and, eventually, he became station master. >> translator: i couldn't have survived after the war if my foster parents hadn't taken me in and given me such good care. they were so kind. >> reporter: but watanabe never forgot japan. looking at the picture of mt. fuji always pulled at his heartstrings. before he moved to china, he could see it from his house. so, pictures of mountain always stirred memories of home. finally, he was able to set foot on the land of his birth. in 1988, watanabe visited japan with orphans displaced by the war. he hoped to reunite with
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." north korean leaders appear to be moving ahead with plans to launch a rocket later this month. they say it will carry a satellite into space, but south korean officials say engineers in the north have actually built a long range ballistic missile. they say crews added a third and final section at a facility and officials in seoul say workers have not injected fuel yet. authorities say the launch will happen between the 10th and 22nd of this month. the plan has alarmed people in neighboring countries. senior officials have met with their u.s. counterparts to coordinate their response. south korea's chief nuclear negotiator and the head of the japanese foreign ministries headed to washington. they met with u.s. special representative on north korea, glen davies. they will continue diplomatic efforts until the last minute. >> translator: we also agreed that the international community should take firm action if north korea goes ahead with the launch. >> sugiyama said he hopes to visit beijing to discuss the matter with chinese officials. >> the
. nhk world reports. >> reporter: ladies cycle into the farming villages of bangladesh. the ladies cycle house to house to villages where electricity are rare. their main tool is a battery powered laptop. it connects to the internet over a mobile phone network. >> translator: a blaze at a textile factory in the capital is making headlines. >> reporter: this lady reads news and important headlines for farmers. many people in these areas are illiterate. the ladies use simple lang that -- language that is easy to understand. >> translator: it's a great help to have someone tell us what is happening outside our village. >> reporter: the service began four years ago. affordable process made it available. the basic service costs two cents for ten minutes. for 11 cents, the info lady will send an e-mail. this woman is talking by video link to her son working in saudi arabia. >> translator: i was so happy to see my son's face. >> reporter: the digital divide is widening between urban and rural areas of bangladesh. in this northern district, less than half the population can read or write. a nonp
japanese leader. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." park geun-hye made a lot of promises during her election campaign. she said she would make life better for south koreans. now the pressure for her to keep those promises is on. people across the country are watching the president-elect closely and analyzing her victory. earlier i spoke with a reporter in seoul on the day after the election. >> reporter: the south korean media are busy telling park geun-hye's history, they're going over the twists and turns of the path that led to the start of a late president back to the blue house as president. experts say the high voter turnout helps park win more than 50% of the ballots. some initially thought it would have favored opposition candidate moon jae-in who has widespread support among young people. in past presidential elections, voters in their 30s or younger outnumbered those in their 50s or older. this time around the reverse happened within perhaps because society is aging and birth rates are declining. the 50-plus set accounted for more than 40% of all voters. and they propelled
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> north korea launched on december 12th what it describe as a satellite carrying rocket. more than a week later, the international community seems unable to agree on how to respond. the united nations initially condemned the launch as a clear violation of security council resolutions because it involved ballistic missile technology. china opposes a legally binding resolution. the permanent member of the security council argues such a move could prompt north korea to carry out another nuclear test. japan is working with the united states and south korea to impose additional sanctions, but tokyo's ambassador says the three countries are too distant from china's position to permit dialog. >>> the u.n. general assembly has adopted a resolution about north korea's human rights violations. the document expresses serious concern about what it describes as systemic and or systematic and widespread human rights violations. they include torture and public executions. the text also urges the north korean government to resolve the abduction of japanese
>>> welcome to "nhk world newsline." . officials are expected to equip the forces with an aircraft that has the functions of a plane and helicopter. ministry sources say the aircraft is among those under consideration. u.s. forces deported the plane this year. ospreys can fly twice as fast as the helicopter and four times as far before they need to refuel and they can transport three times the weight. the deployment of the osprey sparked protest in okinawa and elsewhere because of concerns about its safety record. ministry sources say they will consider public opinion and the cost of introducing the planes. japanese peacekeepers in the golan heights have begun to return home as their 16-yir-long mission nears its end. the first group of 33 members of the self-defense forces arrived at narita airport in tokyo on monday. government officials decided earlier this month to recall the peacekeepers earlier than planned. securing their safety had become difficult because of the civil war in syria. defense ministry officials say the remaining 14 members will wrap up their mission by mid-ja
up. some analysts say opec could consider cutting output. heres a cck on markets. >>> nhk special coverage japan general election is a click away. we'll be adding features to our web and mobile sites. in-depth looks on what could define the campaign. get online and get informed >>> delegates from more than 100 countries noticed them as legitimate people. barack obama did the same thing a day earlier. the de the delegates met in morocco, the so-called friends of syria from the u.s., european union, and various arab countries. more than 50 opposition groups formed the coalition last month. the friends of syria say the organization is now the lawful government. should step down.bashar assad delegates did not state whether they would provide weapons to the coalition. some are concerned that those weapons could fall into the hands of radicals. a spokesperson said that they believe their allies will help arm them if the situation changes. the leaders of russia and china continue to support the assad government. delegates from those countries did not attend the meeting. >>> 20 years afte
and economic challenges. nhk world has more from doha. >> the meeting taking place this year in the oil rich qatar has entered the final stretch. delegates are making the final appeals. >> doha must mark the transition from the old system with the two tracks and the future system with one track. >> delegates have been trying to piece together a new agreement on curbing carbon emissions. they hope to forge a framework, succeed the kyoto protocol that goes to the e of this year. they want a stricter limit on greenhouse grasses in growing countries such as china and india. they're currently not committed to targets. representatives from china, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, said the country has done its share. they note that during the first nine months of 2012 china's energy consumption fell by 3.4% from the previous year. >> translator: we made a commitment at our party congress. we prioritized building and eco friendly society. we'll make a strong effort to promote a recycle-based society. china will act on climate change with other nations. >> some delegates also want reas
kilometers per hour for the time being. 50 kilometers per hour slower than the trains are capable of. nhk world. >>> populous, prosperous, pushing ahead. china's wealth brought it power, wealth and problems. pollution threat continues their health and strained relations with its neighbors. find out the challenges that china faces on "newsline." >>> investors on tokyo markets are seeing numbers they haven't seen in months. we have been seeing a weaker yen. >> exactly, catherine. we have been seeing it for a few weeks now. that's pushing up the nikkei way higher today. in fact, the nikkei reached the highest level since early march 2011 which is prior to the major earthquake. the nikkei index is trading at 10,367 which is a gain of 1.3%. the nikkei's gains are due to optimism that the bank of japan is likely to take further easing steps. there are hopes that exporters will post higher earnings. traders said overseas institutional investors are returning and taking an aggressive stance on tokyo stocks. let's look at the markets. market players are buying up dollars and selling the yen on the
peoples. nhk world. >>> many people in advanced economy feel a sense of responsility t hp those indevel contributions sometimes miss the mark. they can spend a lot of money and still fail to meet local needs. a japanese group is taking a different approach with simple, affordable solutions. >> reporter: many people survive on less than a dollar a day. in this village people life stands for the better a few months ago when they received their basic construction. it's a water purifiepurifier. it makes ground water drinkable. another simple solution is a portable light charged by sun. he has a nonprofit organization from japan. in some places he walked alongside staff from the united nations. he has seen first hand that many people need assistance. >> translator: programs to assist people in developing countries seem to be too compcated these da. i felt we should return to basics. we should see how people in poverty live their lives. and think about what they struggle with. that's what led me to simple technology. >> reporter: he runs to find affordable solutions. he introduces the winners
the internationacommunity. nhk world, manila. >>> some homeowner may need to check the land beneath them. nearly 6,000 kilometers sank by two centimeters after the earthquake in rch la ar. that's the highest since they started keeping records in 1968. they tested dozens of areas. they found the land on 30 of them is sinking. about half of those areas are dropping enough to compromise the stability of buildings. they point to one piece of ground in northeast japan as the worst example. it sank by more than 73 centimeters. residents have seen land drop by more than ten centimeters. >>> rather than see their village become another ghost town, residents are putting new life into it. they are turning their community into an outdoor art display. >> reporter: it represents a villager. they civilize the strong ties that bind the residents together. these big masks are made from trees to only a few ridges including this one. visitors can relax and forget their cares. obara lies near the mountains of the archai prefecture. only about 4,000 people remain. every year at this time more than 150,000 people trav
next. islam, nhk world, islamabad. >> some people may have been surprised to have woken up this morning. the so-called new agers were convinced the world would end on december 21st with the end of the mayan long count calendar. archeologists say their beliefs are groundless. the supposed end of the mayan calendar has prompted apocalyptic speculation around the world. about 1,000 tourists are expected to visit the mayan ruins in mexico. a museum in moscow is offering a place. ticket prices are around $100. museum curators say they are sold out. police have been busy trying to keep visitors away. >>> people in china are busy trying to detain the myths. the police have obtained more than 600 members of a banned cult. the communists parties official newspaper has called on all chinese to stay calm. the rumors have no scientific basis. the beijing times reported a strong cold snap will grip the country over the weekend but it has nothing to do with the world ending. >>> they are facing their toughest test this century. the state run newspaper publiced a commentary. it notes the rift with jap
environment we operate in. i wish you two could go with me to nhk labs in tokyo and see the incredible technological developments occurring in broadcast television. i'm not just talking about 4k, i'm talking about 8k, and i'm talking about television experiences of the future that people are going to want with and they're going to love. and so i think on the technology front if we're allowed our space, our elbow room, our future looks very bright indeed. >> host: ted gotsch of the telecommunications report, go ahead. >> thank you. senator smith, pretend you were to wake up 20 years from today. what kind of business model would be, would we be looking at for broadcast? i mean, with more people viewing things over the internet, some people are even questioning whether it's going to exist. what's your view on that? >> guest: well, it has to exist because, again, there's not enough spectrum to do video or television on a broadband basis. you can do, you can send a youtube and things like that, but if you start downloading, you know, a whole, tremendous amount -- all your television viewing
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